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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 8, 2010 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brent Mydland

Always loved the Kelley/Mouse artwork - we always appreciated their artwork with any release - it was more than complimentary to the release, it defined the package/release. . . . always preferred their adaptation of Edmund Sullivan's Skeleton and Roses from his illustrations for 'The Rubyat of Omar Khayyam' and the subsequent 'Skull and Roses' over the 'Steal Your Face', and yet, I can accept the SYF images over those damn dancing bears . . . this is the Grateful Dead people, not Romper Room, Care Bears or Sesame Street! Where do the bears fit in? aaaaarrrrgh!!

When Kingfish came out, I was livin' in the heart of farm country. The locals my age had never heard the Dead, though some had heard of them, and a few folks had NRPS, the Byrds and Commander Cody albums. They loved Kingfish and went on to buy 'Europe 72' (Tennessee Jed, Brown Eyed Women), 'Workingman's Dead', 'Bear's Choice', and 'Skull and Roses' (basically all of each of the first sides of the 2 lps were their 'psychedelic country/cowboy heaven'). I moved away soon after, so I don't know what them rural folk thought of Bob's subsequent efforts, but I couldn't stand them - any of them. The last solo Bob effort that I could listen to and appreciate was his work with Ramblin' Jack Elliot about 10 years ago.